What is your pain reliever?

In 2014 I had arthroscopic surgery on my right knee for the arthritis that I had (click “surgery” to see the video). That was my first time ever having surgery. At the end of my surgery the doctor gave me like 90 Vicodin pills for the pain. I’ve never been the type of person to take medication, definitely not Vicodin or anything like that. After about 30 days of taking those Vicodin pills I realized that my body would be craving these pain pills even when my knee wasn’t in pain. My veins and my arteries would be pulsating like it needed its fix. I’ve never been an addict before but I can just imagine maybe that’s what it feels like. I’m not really sure but those pills relieved my pain only temporarily. What it did to me mentally and what he did to my body physically was it caused the chemical dependency and it started to make me think, man these prescriptions or these drugs that we’re taking for pain relief is it really relieving the pain or is it just subsiding the pain.

What is your pain reliever?

When I was younger I use to drink and get drunk a lot. I would tell people I drank just because I enjoy drinking but in all actuality man I was using alcohol to subside the pain. See a lot of the pain that we deal with is not just the physical pain that really breaks us down, it’s the emotional pain that tears us apart. How are you dealing with your emotional pains? Are you using alcohol, pain pills, sex, your job and / or exercise as a way to relieve your emotional pain?

After years of drinking and sexual encounters to relieve my pain, stress or depression I realized it was time for me to take a step back from that. The greatest pain reliever I ever experienced in my life was prayer and FACING my pain. Yep, the greatest pain reliever I’ve ever experienced in my life was prayer and facing my pain. Sex doesn’t dull the pain, weed doesn’t dull the pain, Hennessey didn’t dull the pain, Gin didn’t dull the pain, Jack Daniels didn’t dull the pain. Working out was a temporary fix to the pain. The best pain reliever I’ve ever had was prayer and facing my pains. So daily I would face those pains that bothered me in those times and tell myself I’m stronger than this, I’m better than this.

After telling my doctor about the cravings, he took me off the Vicodin and suggested I start taking the over-the-counter drug Aleve. If people would just be honest with themselves and tell themselves that these pain relievers is not actually relieving the pain it’s just temporarily subsiding the pain they could experience true healing. Be real and face your emotional struggles, deal with your past and deal with your hurt so you can truly move on and you can stop chasing the relief of your pain with these false pain relievers. The best possible pain reliever I believe is prayer and facing your pain. Don’t ever be afraid to go towards your pains. In some form or fashion we’ll all experience pain in our life and there is no pain reliever that I know of that will help get rid of that pain with the exception of prayer and facing your pains.

I hope this motivation and inspiration is something for your situation to free and relax your mind as if you are on a vacation! – Mr. P.I.E.N.

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